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  • September 13, 2010
  • 05:20 PM
  • 897 views

An eye for an eye

by Tom Rees in Epiphenom

Religious people are more likely to approve of capital punishment. That's something that's always intrigued me - partly because I find the idea of killing another human being in cold blood absolutely horrific. To be fair, however, there's a lot of variation between different religious groups in the support for the death penalty, and perhaps that holds at least a partial answer. Maybe there's something in the creed of certain religions, or sects within religions, that encourages notions of reveng........ Read more »

  • September 13, 2010
  • 10:52 AM
  • 655 views

Shotgun Psychiatry

by Neuroskeptic in Neuroskeptic

There's a paradox at the heart of modern psychiatry, according to an important new paper by Dr Charles E. Dean, Psychopharmacology: A house divided.It's a long and slightly rambling article, but Dean's central point is pretty simple. The medical/biological model of psychiatry assumes that there are such things as psychiatric diseases. Something biological goes wrong, presumably in the brain, and this causes certain symptoms. Different pathologies cause different symptoms - in other words, there ........ Read more »

Dean CE. (2010) Psychopharmacology: A house divided. Progress in neuro-psychopharmacology . PMID: 20828593  

  • September 13, 2010
  • 09:57 AM
  • 925 views

When your supplier goes bust…

by Jan Husdal in husdal.com

Supply chain risk management must look beyond the individual supplier and look at dependencies within the entire supplier portfolio. Such dependencies may not be obvious at first sight, and this paper presents one very good approach towards discovering these dependencies. [ ... ]... Read more »

  • September 13, 2010
  • 07:33 AM
  • 890 views

Through the Language Glass (Part 1)

by Chris in The Lousy Linguist

The publisher Henry Holt and Company was kind enough to send me a review copy of Guy Deutscher's new book Through the Language Glass: Why the World Looks Different in Other Languages which bills itself as "demonstrating that language does in fact reflect culture in ways that are anything but trivial" but which also goes beyond that and purports to demonstrate that language affects thought, if only via habits of mind.This is part one of a two part review. I expect to post Part 2 next Monday, Sept........ Read more »

Guy Deutscher. (2010) Through the Language Glass: Why the World Looks Different in Other Languages. Metropolitan Books. info:/

  • September 13, 2010
  • 01:31 AM
  • 1,652 views

When Leaders Sacrifice Group Goals for the Sake of Self-Interest

by Dr Shock in Dr Shock MD PhD


The recent financial crisis is partly due to leaders abusing their power for self-interest. CEO’s and other leaders are responsible for the promotion and welfare of their clients and workers. Instead of wielding their power for the greater good, leaders might be tempted to use their power in self-serving ways. What makes leaders use their [...]


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  • September 12, 2010
  • 05:30 PM
  • 1,421 views

The Dark Side of TESOL

by Kimie Takahashi 高橋君江 in Language on the Move

The latest issue of Cross-Cultural Studies (published by the Center for Cross Cultural Studies, Hyung Hee University, Korea) includes an article about the dark side of TESOL authored by Ingrid Piller, Kimie Takahashi, and Yukinori Watanabe. Based on case studies from … Continue reading →... Read more »

Ingrid Piller, Kimie Takahashi, & Yukinori Watanabe. (2010) The Dark Side of TESOL: The Hidden Costs of the Consumption of English. Cross-Cultural Studies, 183-201. info:/

  • September 12, 2010
  • 12:45 AM
  • 442 views

Zero Gains Re-Counting Suicide Deaths

by Ultimo167 in Strong Silent Types

Recent moves in Australia to more accurately record the number of actual suicide deaths does not automatically guarantee enhanced understanding of suicide causation.... Read more »

De Leo, D. (2010) Australia Revises its Mortality Data on Suicide. Crisis (The Journal of Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention). info:/

  • September 11, 2010
  • 05:12 AM
  • 865 views

Distressed Soldiers Screaming Inside

by Ultimo167 in Strong Silent Types

Hegemonic masculinity takes a heavy toll on men in the general community but as Green et al. (2010) discover, an even heavier toll on men in the military. The prohibitions against such men speaking up and seeking help for their heightened emotional distress are many, and severe. Tis preferable, it would seem, for male soldiers to suffer in silence than dare to name their psychic torpor. Is this further evidence for the necessity of peace? I say yes, for sure.... Read more »

  • September 9, 2010
  • 01:13 PM
  • 437 views

The Famous Scientist

by Hadas Shema in Information Culture

What makes a scientist famous?Rae Goodell (Later known as Simpson), in her dissertation-turned-book, "The Visible Scientists" studied the visible scientists of the seventies (Sagan, Skinner, Mead, etc.). Her book summarizes the essentials of being a famous scientist.The hardest to achieve is a credible reputation. The visible scientist is an authority. A well-known institution is a must (Harvard/Stanford/Any IV League university). A "Hot Topic". Back in the seventies people talked about the po........ Read more »

Goodell, R. (1977) The visible scientists. Boston : Little, Brown. info:other/0316320005

  • September 9, 2010
  • 12:00 PM
  • 780 views

Social Sensitivity Hypothesis and Migration

by Sean Roberts in A Replicated Typo 2.0

Given findings that certain genetic variants will make a person more reliant on social contact under stress, the social sensitivity hypothesis proposes that certain genetic variants ‘fit’ better with certain social structures. In support of this idea, Way and Lieberman (2010) find a correlation between the prevalence of this variant and the level of collectivism (as opposed to individualism) in a society. This post looks at how this effect might interact with migration patterns.... Read more »

Caspi, A., Karen Sugden,, Terrie E. Moffitt,, Alan Taylor,, Ian W. Craig,, HonaLee Harrington,, Joseph McClay,, Jonathan Mill,, Judy Martin,, Antony Braithwaite,.... (2003) Influence of Life Stress on Depression: Moderation by a Polymorphism in the 5-HTT Gene. Science, 301(5631), 386-389. DOI: 10.1126/science.1083968  

  • September 9, 2010
  • 11:54 AM
  • 741 views

More on The Social Sensitivity Hypothesis

by Sean Roberts in A Replicated Typo 2.0

In a recent post, James wrote about the Social Sensitivity hypothesis.  Given findings that certain genetic variants will make a person more sensitive to social contact and more reliant on social contact under stress, it proposes that certain genetic variants ‘fit’ better with certain social structures.  In support of this idea, Way and Lieberman (2010) find . . . → Read More: More on The Social Sensitivity Hypothesis... Read more »

Caspi, A., Karen Sugden,, Terrie E. Moffitt,, Alan Taylor,, Ian W. Craig,, HonaLee Harrington,, Joseph McClay,, Jonathan Mill,, Judy Martin,, Antony Braithwaite,.... (2003) Influence of Life Stress on Depression: Moderation by a Polymorphism in the 5-HTT Gene. Science, 301(5631), 386-389. DOI: 10.1126/science.1083968  

  • September 9, 2010
  • 05:30 AM
  • 420 views

Minimizing the seriousness of rape through sexism and gender-role traditionality

by SAGE Insight in SAGE Insight

Rape perception and the function of ambivalent sexism and gender-role traditionality From Journal of Interpersonal Violence This article examines the role of sexism and gender-role traditonality in minimizing the seriousness of rape. It recognizes how the perceptions and attitudes of others are important components of the victim’s recovery. In some cases, rape victims suffer not [...]... Read more »

Niwako Yamawaki. (2007) Rape Perception and the Function of Ambivalent Sexism and Gender-Role Traditionality. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 22(4), 406-423. info:/10.1177/0886260506297210

  • September 8, 2010
  • 04:32 PM
  • 456 views

Examining infidelity: What makes people cheat?

by SAGE Insight in SAGE Insight

Infidelity Special Issue From The Family Journal Top celebrity news items this week include a kiss and tell story by a female escort revealing her affair with footballer Wayne Rooney and the announcement on behalf of Boyzone singer Ronan Keating and his wife of their permanent split, despite attempts to reconcile. Wayne and Ronan are [...]... Read more »

  • September 8, 2010
  • 12:25 PM
  • 2,337 views

Maximum (un)Sustainable Yield

by Bluegrass Blue Crab in Southern Fried Science


In 1954 and 1957 Gordon and Schaefer respectively described the idea of maximum sustainable yield (MSY) – that is, the amount of fish that could be taken by commercial fishing operations to maximize reproduction by the system year after year. Since then, it has been heralded as the mathematical panacea to fisheries management.
Gordon and Schaefer [...]... Read more »

  • September 8, 2010
  • 08:54 AM
  • 765 views

Autistic Toddlers Like Screensavers

by Neuroskeptic in Neuroskeptic

Young children with autism prefer looking at geometric patterns over looking at other people. At least, some of them do. That's according to a new study - Preference for Geometric Patterns Early in Life As a Risk Factor for Autism.Pierce et al took 110 toddlers (age 14 to 42 months). Some of them had autism, some had "developmental delay" but not autism, and some were normally developing.The kids were shown a one-minute video clip. One half of the screen showed some kids doing yoga, while the ot........ Read more »

  • September 8, 2010
  • 05:30 AM
  • 489 views

Cleaning up the mess: redevelopment of urban brownfields

by SAGE Insight in SAGE Insight

From Economic Development Quarterly The state of Michigan has had an aggressive program of environmental cleanup efforts targeted at contaminated properties since the early 1970s. Following  legislative changes brownfield redevelopment was made a top economic and environmental priority. This article examines the impact of the initiative. The findings present mixed results, identifying that 15% to 20% [...]... Read more »

Hula, R.C., & Bromley-Trujillo, R. (2010) Cleaning up the mess: redevelopment of urban brownfields. Economic Development Quarterly. info:/10.1177/0891242410365711

  • September 7, 2010
  • 08:41 PM
  • 537 views

Review: Brain damage and ordering of panels in comic strips

by Neil Cohn in The Visual Linguist

I recently reviewed an older study of brain damaged individual's comprehension of final-panel jokes in comic strips. Here's another paper that explores brain damage and the ordering of panels in sequences.Participants were asked to arrange scrambled parts of a story into their accurate order, and the authors compared the abilities of numerous types of brain damaged patients. Participants ... Read more »

  • September 7, 2010
  • 11:30 AM
  • 535 views

Trial Run

by Journal Watch Online in Journal Watch Online

It’s an old story: environmental protections laws enacted with the highest hopes end up entangled in lawsuits for years or even decades due to vague wording. But there may be a way to avoid the legal gridlock, argue two Australian scholars: Road test proposed rules in mock trials in “moot courts” before they get chiseled […] Read More »... Read more »

  • September 7, 2010
  • 05:30 AM
  • 408 views

Testing the trade relations theory that we are usually reluctant to “fight our customers”

by SAGE Insight in SAGE Insight

Trade and foreign policy attitudes From Journal of Conflict Resolution This forty-seven-country survey focuses on attitudes toward two major participants in the international trading system, the United States and China. The study tests the liberal international relations theory that trade influences whether we view others as friendly or threatening, and the idea that the benefits [...]... Read more »

Katja B. Kleinberg, & Benjamin O. Fordham. (2010) Trade and Foreign Policy Attitudes. Journal of Conflict Resolution. info:/10.1177/0022002710364128

  • September 7, 2010
  • 05:30 AM
  • 357 views

Testing the trade relations theory that we are usually reluctant to “fight our customers”

by SAGE Insight in SAGE Insight

Trade and foreign policy attitudes From Journal of Conflict Resolution This forty-seven-country survey focuses on attitudes toward two major participants in the international trading system, the United States and China. The study tests the liberal international relations theory that trade influences whether we view others as friendly or threatening, and the idea that the benefits [...]... Read more »

Katja B. Kleinberg, & Benjamin O. Fordham. (2010) Trade and Foreign Policy Attitudes. Journal of Conflict Resolution. info:/10.1177/0022002710364128

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